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Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Assistant Phil Roybal helps junior Aaron Hung with his woodworking project.

Coming out of the woodwork

By Sophia D'Sa, Monta Vista High School December 5, 2023

Junior Claire Yuh still remembers how it felt to be a middle schooler taking her second woodworking class online during the pandemic, working with simple kits that resembled arts-and-crafts projects. Despite...

The Save Our Musicians Foundation partnered with the School of the Arts Foundation to host a fundraising concert for Bak Middle School of the Arts and Dreyfoos Nov. 18 at Tiki 52. Students, teachers, and their families had the opportunity to attend the concert. “I would consider myself one of the biggest country (music) fans at Dreyfoos. I’m actually not even going to meet the man (Luke Bryan) and I am freaking out,” digital media senior Cynthia Mondragon said before the concert.

“Play it Again”

By Makena Senzon and Juliana DeFilippo December 5, 2023

Cowboy boots kicked up the gravel heading towards the concert venue that just four days prior was a vacant lot of land between Tiki 52 and the Jupiter Pointe Club and Marina. In anticipation of the performance...

The hidden Evanston board game community offers fun friends and connections.

Game on!

By Izabella Paracuelles and Ashlyn Rogowski December 5, 2023

Two years ago, ETHS senior Foster Pratt walked into Alley Gallery in downtown Evanston sporting a shirt that read ‘shut up and sit down,’ the name of a popular board gaming company. One of the owners...

Told through several perspectives, “Mascot” is aimed at middle-grade readers, introducing them to the complexity of tradition and discrimination through accessible literature. 

Award-winning authors Charles Waters and Traci Sorell visit Politics & Prose

By Nikhita Dass, Walt Whitman High School December 5, 2023

On Nov. 16, best-selling authors Charles Waters and Traci Sorell hosted a book signing event at Politics and Prose Bookstore for their new novel “Mascot.” The bookstore publicized “Mascot” to highlight...

“The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” came out in theaters on Nov. 17 featuring a young and ambitious Coriolanus Snow in the defining moments of his life. Viewers watch throughout the film as Snow progresses from a relatively innocent student to a cunning, driven person that goes on to become the despotic leader from the original films.

‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ Review: A Compelling and Thought-Provoking Prequel

By Parmin Zamani, Portola High School December 1, 2023

Katniss Everdeen. Peeta Mellark. Haymitch Abernathy. Finnick Odair.  These are some of the many characters “Hunger Games” fans know and love from the books and movies released around a decade ago....

STRUMMING AWAY: Junior Knox Cannon poses while playing his guitar outside. Cannon has recently ramped up a large fan-base on TikTok, acquiring over 150 thousand followers.

Junior jumps into the world of music

By Isabella Verette, James Bowie High School December 1, 2023

Sitting in his room staring at his phone, an idea strikes junior Knox Cannon. Grabbing his guitar, a pair of cowboy boots and jumping onto his bed, Cannon unlocks his phone and opens TikTok and decides...

TOURNAMENT READY. Senior Megan Elliott has the cover designed for her novel The Tournament. She worked all month to complete the book as part of nanowrimo, a writing initiative.

Senior set to finish first novel

By Marina Wilson, Willis High School November 30, 2023

There was a splash beside me. I turned around. Damn it! The kid fell in. I was the closest and without thinking, I jumped in. I was pretty certain Stone kids didn’t know how to swim. After all, they...

The President’s Own Marine band performed live at Millard West
Caption: The band performs live at Millard West for many people to see. This was the first of many stops they had made. “Many musicians and music educators from around the Omaha metro were in attendance and greatly appreciated the performance,” band director John Keith said. “It was also great to see so many men and women who have retired from military service in attendance and the pride on their faces when they stood for the branchs song.”

America’s music

By Ariana Griffin, Millard West High School November 30, 2023

On Oct. 2, The President's Own United States Marine Band performed at Millard West in Wildcat 1 as a part of their 2023 tour.  West was the band’s first location, as they will be busy performing...

“Priscilla:” A raw biopic of Elvis’s wife

By Elyssa Grillo and Jessi Dretler November 29, 2023

After Elvis Presley's death in 1977, his wife, Priscilla Presley, dedicated the rest of her presence in the media to upholding his “god-like” reputation. She preserved the legacy of the rock star just...

“Five Nights at Freddy’s” is now in theaters such as B&B Theaters, Cinemark, and streaming on Peacock. The movie is rated PG-13 and produced by Blumhouse Productions.

“Five Nights at Freddy’s”: A flawed yet enjoyable horror movie

By Nolan McNulty, Ankeny High School November 29, 2023

“Five Nights at Freddy’s,” one of the biggest horror video game franchises of the 2010s. After nine video games and what seemed like an eternity to those passionate about the series, the big animatronic...

Senior Ava Nordmans art piece The Microphones earned them a spot in the AP Art and Design Exhibition that features only 50 artists of the more than 74,000 students who took the AP Art exam last year. Their painting features Nordmans friend Jonathan Pirrello in his music studio.

AP Art Student Earns Prestigious National Recognition

By Willem Hummel and Myles Edgington November 28, 2023

Only 50 art pieces from around the world are selected to be featured online for the AP Art and Design Exhibition and senior Ava Nordman’s work is one of them. “In all the years I have taught AP,...

Freshman Gwyneth Moon practices pointe at The Russell School of Ballet on Oct. 1.

Student Spotlight: Gwyneth Moon paints life through dance

By Camila Rodriguez-Marrero, Chantilly High School November 28, 2023

As freshman Gwyneth Moon arrives at The Russell School of Ballet, she slides her pointe shoes on and prepares for first position at the barre. Beginning her dance journey at the age of three, Moon has...

GRC graduate Caleb Crosby will play drums for Dolly Parton’s Dallas Cowboys halftime show on Thanksgiving. (Photo submitted)

GRC graduate to rock Thanksgiving halftime show with Dolly Parton

By Emmie Rose, George Rogers Clark High School November 27, 2023

GRC graduate Caleb Crosby​​ has had no shortage of opportunities in the music industry. Selling out Madison Square Garden with ACDC, his band’s first European Stadium performance in Lisbon, Portugal,...

English teachers Vennessa Nava and Hannah Gould discuss film analysis through critical lenses on their podcast, That Was Weird. Photo courtesy of Giljoon Lee | Used with permission.

On the mic

By Jami Lim, Monta Vista High School November 22, 2023

As the bell rings to signal the end of the school day, sophomore Ryan Li eagerly leaves his seventh period class and makes the trip down to the MVHS string room to meet his friend and creative partner...

Chef Jake Low, one of Merchant Root’s Chef de Parties, plates Anthocyanin, the second course of the dessert section.  The name of which refers to the purple pigment responsible for the wide range of wine’s coloration. This course consisted of a mulled red wine rum baba, which is a type of cake, a pink rosé ice cream, a clear white wine gelée, which is a type of jellied wine, a brûléed sparkling wine sabayon, a type of wine custard, and a dessert wine raisin sauce served on wooden planks representing the barrels wine is aged in. “Unlike the previous dish, which is very highly stylized, the complexity of this dish comes from the content,” Chef Ryan Shelton said, “We are able to get so many things in one dish.”

Feast your eyes

By Alana Wacker, Carlmont High School November 22, 2023

In the culinary world, where flavor reigns supreme, there exists an often underestimated but equally important factor of the culinary experience. From Michelin-starred restaurants to cozy neighborhood...

“The Killer”: Fincher’s alienating but uncompromised latest

By Henry Dupree, Walt Whitman High School November 22, 2023

After the tepid reception of his 2020 prestige drama “Mank,” David Fincher remains unfazed returning to his methodical approach to filmmaking with Netflix’s “The Killer.” Based on a French...

The Album Cover for “You Don’t Deserve My Love.”

Senior Sarah Lampsa pursues a passion in songwriting: releases first song

By Malini Fisher and Giulia Karrow November 21, 2023

If you attended school Nov. 8, you might have noticed the surprising amount of students with headphones on, and phones out; all playing the same song. Conversations and compliments erupted throughout the...

Rockstar is Dolly Partons first album in the rock and roll genre.

Parton makes the switch to rock on ‘Rockstar’

By Evelyn Esek, Baldwin High School - PA November 20, 2023

Dolly Parton is seen by some as one of the most influential icons ever. She has a theme park, a huge social media following, a couple dozen solo albums, 25 No. 1 country hits, a Barbie doll, and two stars...

Onstage at the Green Day concert, Mauricio Solanocordero ‘24 and Green Day guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong strike up the opening chords to Knowledge in front of a cheering crowd. In Solanocorderos eyes, his performance takes him another leap forward to pursuing his dream as a successful musician. “I want to have an impact on people, make someone pick up a guitar, you know, not be just another guy,” Solanocordero said.

King for a Day: Self-Taught Senior Performs with Green Day

By Bella Yi, WESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL - Austin November 20, 2023

Standing on the Green Day concert stage, Mauricio Solanocordero ‘24 sifts through the crowd, looking for his dad. “I couldn't see him,” Solanocordero said. “It [was] like looking at the...

The Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing a concert conducted by Daniel Wiley in which they will perform “Scheherazade” and “Childhood Memories” at Music Hall on Dec. 3 and the Concert Orchestra will be performing a selection of pieces including “Star Wars” and “The Planets” at the Corbett Auditorium at CCM (University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music) on Dec. 10.

Not your simple symphony

By Marwa Khzir, Walnut Hills High School November 17, 2023

As the room goes silent, Zoe Schnadower, ‘25, can only hear own breath. She is about to play the Romeo and Juliet Overture, one of the biggest moments of her life thus far. Schnadower was given this...

Many students have put down their devices and opted for long-term strategic tabletop board games.

Tabletop board game sends students on months long quest

By Clare McRoberts, University of Chicago Laboratory High School November 17, 2023

It had been six months. Six months of intricately plotted strategy. Attacks and counterattacks. Vanquishing alliances and ruthless betrayals.  At last, a victor emerges from the rubble. The war is...

Victoria’s Secret fashion show sparks discussion surrounding the merits of body positivity following a rebranded campaign in September. However, many fans were left disappointed following the brand’s new look.

Victoria’s Secret rebrand sparks discussion surrounding resurgence of 2000s body standards, body image

By Audrey Cushman and Yasmine Rivera November 17, 2023

Following a five year hiatus, the Victoria’s Secret fashion show made a return through a feature-length documentary released Sep. 26. It was the first show since a management change that resulted in...

Alivia Cocchiola’s (‘25) most recent makeup look of a rainbow blended eye shadow look.

Alivia Cocchiola Glams Up After Hours

By Yesenia Rosario, Robinson High School - FL November 17, 2023

Freshly washed face. The sun hidden. Bright vanity lights shine amidst the night. Many would decide to snuggle up after a long day, but she'd much rather express her artistic abilities through makeup....

Juniors Natalie Kersten and Brykin Jones perform “Love is an Open Door.” Both Kersten and Jones performed various songs and dances together throughout the two-and-a-half-hour production. “Both Jones and I had some of the biggest parts of the musical,” Kersten said. “Getting to perform throughout the whole play was very exciting for us.”

New York state of mind

By Nathan Buroker, Millard West High School November 16, 2023

After getting their big break in a rendition of “Frozen,” the Broadway musical, juniors Natalie Kersten, Brykin Jones and Sophia Bartlet have the chance to shine on a stage larger than a high school...

Nathan Tokunaga performing at the Freight & Salvage Coffee House.

Behind the scenes of a music gig

By Emma Yin, Carlmont High School November 15, 2023

It is a dim night at the Regiis Ova Caviar & Champagne Lounge. Carlmont junior Nathan Tokunaga drove the three-plus hours down to Napa amidst traffic. People are clapping and hooting to the music as...

A student plays a game on DuoLingo, a language learning application. However, its gamification has U-High students questioning whether the app is helping them learn a language or if it’s really just a game.

Duo Dedication: App serves as a game rather than an education

By Chloe Alexander, University of Chicago Laboratory High School November 15, 2023

A notification pings a student’s phone with a reminder to complete their daily lesson on the popular language learning app Duolingo. The student swipes it up, ignoring it. Another one comes an hour later,...

Collage Dance Collective is the largest Black-owned ballet company in the South. Collage was originally founded in New York, but it was brought to Memphis to expand the art of dance among Memphians.

Collage Dance and Ballet Memphis leap across the nation

By Adaria Crutcher, White Station High School November 15, 2023

Pointe shoes clutter the floors of two notable Memphis ballet studios. Rosin spreads across the floors as ballerinas scrape them on their shoes. Á la seconde turns and pirouettes fill both studios as...

Five for Five

By Kacey Miller, Cedar Park High School November 15, 2023

The drum major lowers her arms and everyone stills, the giant crowd erupting in applause. A few of the performers exchange quick looks, sweat dripping down the sides of their smiling cheeks. The smiles...

Junior Ian Lin faces the wall, showcasing his thrifted merch of hip-hop artist Drake.

Vintage is the new vogue

By Ananya Chaudhary and Dylan Nguyen November 14, 2023

Fashion harbors a cycle of trends that rise and fall, often revisiting the past, with vintage trends and older styles regaining popularity. Most recently, from the early revival of denim to niche, asymmetrical...

Darius Hickman kneels in front of Beyoncé during her song, “Alien Superstar.” Hickman performed in 56 shows, and to over 50,000 people in some stadiums during Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” Tour.

Destined for the Stage

By Katherine Yang , Dreyfoos School of the Arts November 14, 2023

Tens of thousands of eyes stare at the pink lights and sparkles flashing across the stage. Lasers beam around the stadium while the audience screams. Standing there, dance alumnus (from the class of 2017)...

Captivating Cappies

By Selby Lin, Walnut Hills High School November 14, 2023

The theater lights dim and a line of people file into their seats in a reserved section. The sounds of their notebooks flipping open echo through the silent theater. These esteemed individuals are the...

Exchange Student Chases Dreams

By Diego Perez Palomino, Parkway Central High School November 14, 2023

In the heart of the American Midwest, Wiktor Waligóra arrived as a transfer exchange student from Poland to Parkway Central High School for the 2021-22 school year. His journey wasn’t just purely academic,...

When you cant count your big events on one hand, you might want to reconsider that label.

Is the film industry (block)busted?

By Noah Braun, McCallum High School November 14, 2023

In 1977, Star Wars debuted to the world, racking up what today would be $1.5 billion in the domestic box office alone and cementing it as the single-most important pop culture development of the second...

By extending the intermission time, classical music concerts can be more entertaining for younger listeners. Various groups can use different methods to increase audience interest in concerts, such as performer-audience question and answer sessions.

A Call to the Classiness of Classical Music

By Kayleen Kim, Portola High School November 14, 2023

Mundane, old-fashioned and complicated. These are the one word responses of some Portola High students to what their perception of live classical music is. The negative perception that has gripped the...

Agans in her office reading a cycling rulebook, given to her by social studies teacher Mark Schuler.

A2: Cambridge’s Biggest Bookworm

By Anna Gorman, Cambridge High School - GA November 13, 2023

According to GoodReads, she has read 62 books this year. Her 2023 reading goal, which she met in September, was set to 55 books. She started this goal off strong with “Demond Copperhead,” by Barbara...

Review: Give Yourself ‘Goosebumps’

By Mary Jane Kushiner, Gretna High School November 13, 2023

You can call it a reboot or an adaptation, but I would call the newest addition to the “Goosebumps” franchise a revival. The release of “Goosebumps” is bringing life back to R.L. Stine’s best-selling...

Pictured senior Krish Mithani plays the drums during percussions send off. Percussion ensemble is performing a showcase for the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis.

Percussion takes on a performance of a lifetime at PASIC

By Rin Ryu, Liberty High School - TX November 10, 2023

Chosen as one of three high schools globally, the Redhawks percussion ensemble is taking a trip to Indianapolis to attend the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) Wednesday through...

The depictions of eating disorders on social media install different mindsets and habits in viewers.

Simultaneous romanticization and stigmatization of eating disorders perpetuate mental health issues

By Muskan Mehta, Pleasant Valley High School - IA November 10, 2023

Popular media is a double-edged sword when it comes to spreading resources regarding eating disorders. Although some outlets encourage people to seek treatment, others continue to inadvertently hurt...

Artist Statement: Outlined with a fine tip pen, I chose to draw a radio that I had always seen growing up. I knew I wanted to involve Nelsons face into the art and decided to draw him and the instruments he was known for playing in his music into the screen of the radio. I wanted to show just how his music reached his listeners.

Willie Nelson’s ‘Bluegrass’ a lovely return to country’s roots

By Chase Zagurski, Millard South High School November 10, 2023

It’s hard to say, but it feels like American country music is in a perpetual slump. Nowadays, really all you hear about the genre is the shiny, commercial, pop-infused sound that - together with stale...

Graphics Editor Kate Michel writes about the podcast, Gayotic, hosted by indie pop band MUNA.

MUNA’s podcast ‘Gayotic’ balances lighthearted comedy with engaging reflection

By Kate Michel, Algonquin Regional High School November 10, 2023

With its irresistible humor, touching moments of sincerity, star-studded cast of guests and complete lack of structure, podcast lovers and haters alike will find something to love about “Gayotic.” ...

Costume director Lynda Cameron-Bayer fits a costume for the Queen of Hearts, a character in MV Drama’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

Costume couture

By Lillian Wang and Benjamin Zhang November 9, 2023

Senior Vidhi Goel didn’t have a sewing machine when she began designing costumes for MV Drama’s play “Still Life with Iris” last March. Instead, she had to hand-sew each colorful square on the...

Simple but sweet: boygenius’ “the rest” follows their debut enchantingly

By Emily Early, Parkway West High School November 9, 2023

On Sept. 25, four Instagram accounts simultaneously posted an update to their feed — singer-songwriters Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and the account dedicated to their American indie supergroup,...

Taylor Swifts concert film, released Oct. 13, is achieving tremendous success in cinemas. According to Forbes, Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour accounted for 70% of box office grosses in the U.S. in the days following its release.

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” film dazzles audiences, brings concert experience to cinemas

By Zoe Karibian, The American School in London November 9, 2023

The music world witnessed a milestone as Taylor Swift's concert film, "Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour," debuted Oct. 13, garnering an astonishing 130 million dollars at the box office by Oct. 16, according...

Director Martin Scorsese discusses the film’s direction unpacking the Osage murders through lead characters Ernest and Mollies relationship. “Killers of the Flower Moon” was played at the British Film Institute Film Festival Headline Gala Oct. 7.

Apple TV+ Original ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ dives into hidden American history

By Sophia Hsu, The American School in London November 8, 2023

In the opening of Martin Scorsese's compelling masterpiece “Killers of the Flower Moon,” the Osage people dance over their oil-rich land showering them with wealth, a prelude to a story in which white...

More sophisticated colognes are replacing less exclusive deodorants as  high-end fragrances become popularized for young men through social media.

Fragrance fanatics: trend sparks student interest in cologne

By Sahana Unni, University of Chicago Laboratory High School November 7, 2023

Update: A previous version of this story credited the photos to Carter Chang. They were taken by Ryan Burke-Stevenson. At a young age, Michael Sawaqed developed an interest in various fragrances after...

Monta Vista librarys fiction section contains a large number of romance novels, including Love Time Infinity.

The romance renaissance

By Amberly Sun and Aletheia Ju November 7, 2023

Senior Prerana Dilip curls up on the couch, her head buried in a brightly colored book. As she flips the pages, a smile flits across her face as she becomes entranced by a heart-warming interaction between...

Local author pens LGBTQ+ teen novel: ‘Singlets and Secrets’

By Malachi McCool, Normal Community High School November 7, 2023

When Joe Chianakas, a Peoria native, set out to write “Singlets and Secrets, his newest work of fiction, he wanted to give teens struggling with their sexuality a “superhero” of sorts. When the...

INCAPTIVITY is an exhibit in the Eastern Star Gallery that features the work of Fulton Leroy Washington. Washington began his career in jail and created all of the oil-paintings exhibited in the gallery while serving a wrongful life sentence. 

‘Do it your way’: ‘INCAPTIVITY’ exhibit in Eastern Star Gallery inspires students with story of dedication

By Zoe Gazzuolo, Archer School for Girls November 7, 2023

Fulton Leroy Washington, also known as Mr. Wash, is a self-taught artist who began his career in jail while serving a wrongful life conviction. The first subjects he depicted in his work were his fellow...

Backyard Potters (top left), Sandwichd’ Bakery (right) and Aura Vintage’s (bottom left) key products (photos provided by respective businesses).

Lincoln students shine with entrepreneurial spirit

By Erika Leung and Bella Lehmann November 1, 2023

From childhood lemonade stands to household name brands, business shapes the world around us. This is no more apparent than among the growing population of Lincoln High School student entrepreneurs who...

Frederick McCullough II, senior, showcases his favorite pair of Nike sneakers: Air Jordan 1 High OG Rebellionaire in Tropical Twist. This show was first seen in 1985.

Students Participate in Shoe Culture

By Justin Small, Marquette High School November 1, 2023

Since Frederick McCullough II, senior, was in middle school, he yearned to have one thing: a diverse shoe collection. “I didn’t like looking at a whole bunch of the same shoes on the shelf,” McCullough...

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